The exhibition, China's Terracotta Warriors The First Chinese Emperor's Legacy, has opened at the Asian Art Museum. With San Francisco as the exhibit's only West Coast stop, it will be on view through May 27, 2013 at 200 Larkin Street in Civic Center, with docent tours being offered daily free with admission.
The immense tomb built for Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE) was attended by about 7,000 unique life size terracotta soldiers and horses standing guard. The massive discovery was accidentally unearthed by Chinese farmers in Shaanxi Province in 1974. Historians compare the scope of the discovery on par with that of the Egyptian mummies and tombs.
Learn more about the emperor's plans for immortality, his innovation, the unification of China under his rule, the archeology, and the excavation. In addition to the decent tours, there is an audio tour available at the museum. There is also an app for iPad, iPhone, and iPad touch which can be downloaded from iTunes from the museum website.
Admission to the museum is $20 adults ($2 additional weekends); $8 youth (13-17 years) and seniors (65 and above) and university students with ID; children under 13 and members free. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.